Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has contracted with Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to produce a RoHS-compliant laptop that will be available in Wal-Mart's U.S. stores this spring. The move is part of Wal-Mart's goal of "offering sustainable products at affordable prices." The retailers have formed a collaborative group, Sustainable Value Networks, which brings together Wal-Mart, environmental organizations, suppliers and academicians in an effort to find ways to incorporate products and processes into the retail supply chain that are deemed sustainable.
The Toshiba-produced Satellite A55-S1064 includes a 1.60-GHz INTEL Celeron processor 380, 512 Mbyte DDR2 memory, 40 Gbyte hard drive and a 15-inch TruBrite display. It will be priced in most markets at less than $700.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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